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‘Stringent action will be taken against anti-social elements’

Home Minister K.J. George addressing a press conference after holding a review meeting with Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada District police in Mangaluru on Monday. Also seen is Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Mohan.

Home Minister K.J. George addressing a press conference after holding a review meeting with Mangaluru City and Dakshina Kannada District police in Mangaluru on Monday. Also seen is Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Alok Mohan.  

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Bhagavan’s reported defamatory statement hasn’t cometo my notice, says Home Minister K.J. George

“There is nothing called moral or immoral rowdyism. It is rowdyism and the law would firmly deal with such activities,” Home Minister K.J. George has said.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, Mr. George said that he has issued clear instructions to the police to take stringent action, including opening of rowdy sheets and externment from the district.

The police should also effectively assist the prosecution in getting the accused convicted without fail, he said.

Mr. George was responding to a question on the issue of increasing attacks on people on communal grounds in Dakshina Kannada.

To another question on the different treatment meted out in similar cases, such as the immediate arrest of Prasad Attavar for allegedly posting a comment on social media and no action against writer K.S. Bhagavan for defamatory speech, Mr. George said the two issues were different.

Provocative comments

He said, “There is a difference between a defamatory statement and a provocative comment. When people make provocative comments threatening to kill someone, it leads to law and order problem.

“The police would register cases suo motu against those who make provocative comments. It is like they are giving a call to create communal disturbance, and action will be taken against them.”

“On the other hand, as far as defamatory comments are concerned, action would be initiated if someone files a complaint and the FIR is registered. Mr. Bhagavan’s alleged defamatory statement has not come to my notice,” he said.

CID investigation

Responding to another question on the investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) not reaching logical conclusion, Mr. George said that he would immediately review the progress of cases from Dakshina Kannada handed over to the CID.

“Normally, the government does not interfere once the cases are handed over to the CID. But as a special case, I would review the progress of the cases,” Mr. George said. At least 12 cases have been handed over to the CID from the district during the last two years and charge-sheets have not been filed in any of them yet.

The cases with the CID include the death of Rohith Radhakrishnan, student of a private medical college in the city, whose body with the head severed, was found near Thannirbavi.

On the progress of investigation of the murder of research scholar M.M. Kalburgi, Mr. George said that the government has decided to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The case appears to have inter-State ramifications and hence the decision, he said.

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